|Self-guided trip: Starts on Saturdays only from April 1st through October 25th, 2017
7 nights/8 days
Daily mileage: From 35 km (22 miles) to 52 km (32 miles)
Trip starts from Chateaudouble, 15 km (10 miles) from Valence TGV station (cab fare is approx. 20 euros) and ends in Avignon
Accommodation in guesthouses of character and 2-, 3- and 4-star properties
From per person sharing a double room
Gastronomic Provence — 7 nights/8 days
|Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival in Chateaudouble
Arrive in Chateaudouble, a small village at the foot of the Vercors Mountains. After settling down in your cozy chambre d'hôtes (Bed and Breakfast), a traditional farm in the countryside, you may want to take a walk at your leisure... to work up your appetite and to enjoy the peaceful setting! Before dinner, our local expert will give you the necessary materials and equipment to enjoy a week of cycling and dining. At a predetermined time (usually 8:00 pm), the farm owner will call you in for a memorable homemade feast featuring produce grown on her own land.
|Day 2 (Sunday): Chateaudouble — Chabrillan (49 km/30 miles, 510 meters/1,665 ft of climbing)
From the foot of the Vercors, you'll cross the Valence region ("Pays Valentinois") from north to south, all the way to the Drôme River. Undiscovered by tourists, it’s a truly authentic area, and one rich in contrasts: flat plains and rolling hills, valleys and soaring plateaus… Feel free to stop and enjoy the landscape, or head into village shops to pick up local products. Honey, cheese, liquor, and bread are just a tiny sampling of the heavenly fresh delights you can find in almost every store.
|Day 3 (Monday): Chabrillan — Marsanne (48 km/30 miles, 535 meters/1,760 ft of climbing)
Following the Drôme River, you’ll reach the city of Crest, which you’ll recognize immediately once you spot its towering citadel. The city is home to an artisanal chocolate maker and museum, sure to be a draw for those with a sweet tooth. Nearby vineyards produce a sparkling white wine called "Clairette de Die" whose roots stretch back to Gallic times! Further on, vineyards give way to cliffs and forests. The view is magnificent! After a long downhill through the Roubion valley, you'll reach Marsanne, where you'll overnight.
|Day 4 (Tuesday): Rest Day or Optional loop around Marsanne (35 km/22 miles, 355 meters/1,170 ft of climbing)
Today is yours to spend as you please! If you wish to give your bike a rest, you can enjoy a relaxing stroll through Marsanne or visit its medieval Old Town…and of course try some of the local white Hermitage wine.
If you’re still raring to ride, we’ve mapped an easy route through the surrounding idyllic countryside. You’ll encounter flat expanses of farmland surrounded by pretty villages such as La Laupie, on its hilltop perch.
|Day 5 (Wednesday): Marsanne — Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux
(52 km/32 miles, 515 meters/1,685 ft of climbing)
Conquer one final hill climb before reaching the colorful Drôme Provencale region. If only you could capture the wonderful scent combining lavender, truffles, and fresh country air! We recommend a stop to visit the Trappist monks of the Aiguebelle Monastery and to try the Grignan-les-Adhémar wine (previously known as Tricastin), a wine too often overlooked! Overnight in Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux, which, despite its name, is not home to three castles (there was a mistranslation from Latin) — though it is full of intriguing medieval buildings.
|Day 6 (Thursday): Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux — Orange (47 km/29 miles, 320 meters/1,045 ft of climbing)
Today will be dedicated to discovering the wine-producing Côtes-du-Rhône area. Some of these wines are light and fruity, while others are full-bodied and strong. Biking through this region is a real treat for the senses, especially sight, smell, and taste! In no time, you'll be in Orange, known for its exceptional Roman theater where summertime performances are held to this day. Walking through this city is more relaxation than exercise, especially when you stop to taste the local specialties: Calissons d'Aix, Nougat de Montélimar and Berlingots de Carpentras.
|Day 7 (Friday): Orange — Avignon (41 km/25 miles, 280 meters/910 ft of climbing)
Heading south will take you to Châteauneuf-du-Pape (literally the “Pope’s new castle") where remains of the castle still stand. More importantly, you’ll find the ancient vines whose fruit becomes the region’s most prestigious wine. Stop for a quick taste if you want, but be sure to grab a bottle to put in your pannier to go! Ride on to Avignon, the city of art and culture, and secure your bikes at your hotel — the city is best discovered on foot. More culinary discoveries await you, like pastis, papalines, and gratelon.
|Day 8 (Saturday): Departure from Avignon
If your schedule allows it, take advantage of your free time to discover Les Halles, the big market in Avignon (open until 2:00 pm). This is where you'll find produce of all kinds, breads of all shapes, olives of all sizes and colors, and a myriad of honeys, cheeses, and spices. Everything here is as varied as Provence! Depart Avignon at the time of your choice.
|Booking & Pricing|
|From 1,035 euros per person sharing a double room
Two options are available for this trip:
Option A: 1 night in a 2-star property, 2 nights in 3-star properties, 3 nights in guesthouses of character, and 1 night in a 4-star hotel (4 nights with swimming pool).
Option A+: 1 night in a 2-star property, 1 nights in 3-star properties, 2 nights in a 4-star property, 3 nights
in guesthouses of character (5 nights with swimming pool).
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